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  • How can it be a state if the central government controls 86% of its land and all of its resources?

    04/22/2014 10:51:05 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 77 replies
    April 22, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    Sounds like the very definition of elitism. The elites in Washington DC, most of whom have never set foot in Nevada (outside a casino), controlling what the local citizens can or cannot do on the land within their state boundaries? This is not the way America was intended to be governed. Ever heard of local control? Self-government? States rights? To many of us out here in the West, pursuit of happiness means ranching, farming, logging, mining, drilling, hunting, fishing, or just living in and enjoying God's great outdoors. It's un-American and unconstitutional for unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington DC to...
  • Georgia Peaceful Secession - Sign The Petition

    11/11/2012 12:00:11 PM PST · by Georgia Dan 44 · 20 replies ^ | 11/10/12 | Georgia Dan 44
    Peacefully grant the State of Georgia to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they...
  • Morsi: U.S. Should Show Respect for Arab Values

    09/22/2012 6:53:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 67 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/9/12 | Elad Benari
    On the eve of his first trip to the United States as Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi said the United States needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values and helping build a Palestinian state, if it hoped to overcome decades of pent-up anger. In a 90-minute interview with The New York Times on Saturday, Morsi said it was up to Washington to repair relations with the Arab world and to revitalize the alliance with Egypt, long a cornerstone of regional stability. If Washington is asking Egypt to honor its treaty...
  • Historic Hospital to Transition to Iraqi Control

    07/08/2009 5:19:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 303+ views
    BAGHDAD — The historic Ibn Sina Hospital will return to Iraqi Government control this fall. In accordance with the Iraq Security Agreement, U.S. forces are scheduled to return the facility to the Iraqis, October 1. Currently operated by the U.S. Army’s 10th Combat Support Hospital (CSH), the staff will continue to provide quality healthcare for all patients throughout the next two months of transition. Col. Raphael De Jesus, 10th CSH Commander, wants to reassure servicemembers and civilians that they need not worry about care. "The mission of the 10th CSH is sustaining,” says De Jesus. “Our ability to provide excellent...
  • Freedom is the Ultimate Political Value

    07/02/2009 11:14:58 AM PDT · by Zanton · 9 replies · 976+ views
    Democracy -- or rule by majority vote -- is a genuine political good. So is republicanism -- or rule by legitimate representatives. Both have considerable social and economic value to the individual and the nation. Similarly, autonomy and self-rule are governmental goods and values which a given society finds very much worth having. And it's even worth while for that civilization to enjoy non-violation of their national soverignty and non-interference in their internal affairs by non-citizens. But none of these political goods and values are anywhere near as important as freedom. In the life of the person and his nation,...
  • Withdrawal Marks Historic Day for Future of Iraq, General Says

    06/30/2009 5:46:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 335+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Dave Lankford, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 30, 2009 – In accordance with Article 5 of the security agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, Iraqi security forces now have full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages. Army Capt. Rich Turvey, commander of 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, signs over Joint Security Station Salaam to Iraqi army 1st Lt. Jassim Abbas at a transfer ceremony near Numaniyah, Iraq, June 20, 2009. In accordance with the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, Iraqi security forces took full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages on June 30, 2009. U.S....
  • In pictures: Iraq hails Sovereignty day {When does America declare a Sovereignty day?}

    06/30/2009 5:41:54 AM PDT · by drpix · 13 replies · 591+ views ^ | 6/30/09 | staff
    For once the loud explosions piercing the Baghdad night are the sounds of celebration rather than violence and bloodshed, as a new national holiday is announced to mark US troops leaving Iraq's towns and cities.
  • On the Ground: Forces Mark Progress in Iraq Security Transfer

    06/29/2009 4:57:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 271+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 – As the security agreement deadline looms, U.S. and Iraqi forces celebrated the transition of security in Iraq’s cities from coalition to Iraqi control and commemorated the transfer of a combat outpost and security station. Sameer Al-Haddad, receivership secretariat and representative to the prime minister, and Army Capt. Timothy Stephenson commemorate the signing over of Joint Security Station Aziziyah to the Iraqi army in Wasit province, Iraq, June 23, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Allison Churchill  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The U.S.-Iraq security agreement calls for the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from...
  • Iraqi Troops Ready for Added Responsibility, Pentagon Spokesman Says

    06/29/2009 4:43:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 493+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 – The withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from all Iraqi cities and towns was completed over the weekend and ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, a Pentagon spokesman said on a cable TV news show today. “Overall, the security situation is stable enough for Iraqi security forces to take on this added responsibility,” Geoff Morrell said on CNN’s “Newsroom.” “It’s one that they want, and it’s one that the commanders on the ground feel they are capable of taking on. “It has to be OK because there’s a legal agreement, which forces us to abide by these timelines,”...
  • Fireworks over Baghdad as Iraqis take over cities

    06/29/2009 4:46:46 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 8 replies · 1,156+ views
    Yahoo /AP ^ | 06/29/2009 | KIM GAMEL and PATRICK QUINN
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces assumed formal control of Baghdad and other cities Tuesday after American troops handed over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. A countdown clock broadcast on Iraqi TV ticked to zero as the midnight deadline passed for U.S. combat troops to finish their pullback to bases outside cities. "The withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security," said Sadiq al-Rikabi, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "We are now celebrating the restoration of...
  • Iraqis rejoice as U.S. troops leave Baghdad

    06/29/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT · by americanophile · 34 replies · 2,749+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2009 | Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. troops pulled out of Baghdad on Monday, triggering jubilation among Iraqis hopeful that foreign military occupation is ending six years after the invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Iraqi soldiers paraded through the streets in their American-made vehicles draped with Iraqi flags and flowers, chanting, dancing and calling the pullout a "victory." One drove a motorcycle with party streamers on it; another, a Humvee with a garland of plastic roses on the grill. U.S. combat troops must pull out of Iraq's urban centers by midnight on Tuesday under a bilateral security pact that also requires all troops...
  • Joint Security Station Sadr City Transferred to Iraqi Army

    06/24/2009 4:01:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti, USA
    Lt. Col. Timothy Karcher, commander, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, presents Sameer al Haddad, a representative from the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, a symbolic key signifying the transfer of responsibility of Joint Security Station Sadr City in northeast Baghdad during the official ceremony, June 20. Photo by Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti, 1st Cavalry Division. BAGHDAD — A common sense of triumph and accomplishment drifted in the air during a ceremony in northeast Baghdad’s Sadr City district June 20, as U.S. Soldiers returned Joint Security Station (JSS) Sadr City to the Iraqi Army (IA), in accordance with the U.S.-Iraq...
  • Coalition Base Returned to Iraqis

    06/20/2009 11:01:57 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 529+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Jazz Burney, USA
    An Iraqi Soldier hoists the Iraqi flag during a transfer of authority ceremony to signify the opening of the Balad Joint Coordination Center, which was previously Forward Operating Base Paliwoda, June 15. Photo by Spc. Jazz Burney, 25th Infantry Division. TIKRIT — U.S. Soldiers lowered the American flag and Iraqi Soldiers raised the Iraqi flag to signify the reclassification of Forward Operating Base Paliwoda into the Iraqi-led Balad Joint Coordination Center during a ceremony near Balad, June 15. The Balad JCC combines Iraqi Army and Police coordination elements, along with civilian emergency response functions together in one center. A small...
  • British Forces Return Hotel to Iraqi Officials

    06/18/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 263+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Brandon LeFlore, USA
    BASRAH — British forces handed over a former Coalition headquarters to Iraqi officials during a ceremony at the Basrah International Airport Hotel here, June 15. The handover of the hotel is part of the ongoing withdrawal of British forces from Iraq in accordance with the United Kingdom's security agreement with the Iraqi government. "Military and civilian personnel, both Iraqi and Coalition, have worked within the hotel to achieve the conditions that have allowed us to celebrate many days just like this – the return of functions and facilities to the Basrawis," said Group Captain Richard Hill, deputy commander of British...
  • U.S. Forces Transfer Joint Security Station Mutanabe to Iraqi Army

    06/01/2009 5:08:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 425+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Joe Thompson, USA
    Capt. Adam Ropelewski, commander, Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, signs over control of Joint Security Station Mutanabe to Capt. 'Ali Abdual Zaharra Hussain, 4th Company, 3rd Battalion, 32nd Iraqi Army Brigade, at a transfer ceremony, May 28. Photo by Sgt. Joe Thompson, Multi-National Division-South. FOB DELTA — U.S. forces handed over the responsibility of Joint Security Station Mutanabe in the Wasit province to the Iraqi Army (IA) in a ceremony here, May 28. Capt. Adam Ropelewski, commander of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, signed over the JSS to Capt. Ali Abdual...
  • Obama Further Insults the Troops...Tells Them It's Time to Start Transferring Sovereignty to Iraqis

    04/07/2009 12:33:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 1,181+ views ^ | April 7, 2009 | Gateway Pundit
    After bashing the Iraq War from Great Britain to Turkey Barack Obama further insulted the troops today by telling them that now was the time to start transferring sovereignty to the Iraqis. Iraqi Aswat Aliraq News reported: “The coming 18 months may pose a danger to Iraq, and the time has come to transfer ‘sovereignty’ to Iraqis to run their own affairs,” Obama said. What was completely missed by Obama was that 13 of 18 provinces are already completely under Iraqi control.
  • Abu Ghraib prison is reopening under Iraqi control(video)

    02/21/2009 2:17:48 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 2 replies · 725+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 21, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Abu Ghraib prison is reopening under Iraqi control(video). Abu Ghraib prison is reopening under Iraqi control. The prison was closed in 2006. It was handed over to the Iraqis and never used in any significant way until now. Abu Ghraib will now be called the "Baghdad Central Prison". We can all sleep well knowing the Iraqis treat their prisoners in a more humane manner than the Americans did. If you believe that, you have stopped drinking the Cool-aid and started eating the powder straight from the package.
  • Iraqi Police Forces Vote in Istaqlal Qada

    01/29/2009 3:46:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 266+ views
    Members of the Iraqi National Police show off their newly inked fingers after voting in the provincial elections at the Bilal Al Habashi School in the Istaqlal Qada of northeastern Baghdad, Jan. 28, 2009. Photo by Scott Flenner, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. ISTAQLAL — Members of the Iraqi Police and National Police kicked off the provincial elections by placing their vote at the Bilal Al Habashi School in Istaqlal Qada in northeast Baghdad, Jan 28. “This is a good step for Iraq and the people. They have free opinions to vote wherever they want and for any person they...
  • Iraqi Security Forces: Ensuring Votes Count

    01/29/2009 3:52:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 270+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret, USA
    A truckload of Iraqi Policemen head to a local voting station in Baghdad's Adhamiyah district, Jan. 28, 2009, to cast their vote in the country's second election since the fall of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jerry Saslav. CAMP VICTORY — During the 2005 provincial Iraqi elections, voters had their fingers stained with election ink to prevent them from voting twice. Some held their fingers up in pride as they took part in democracy; others hid their faces from cameras, afraid of becoming victims of sectarian violence. This year, ink or not, Iraqi Security Forces will make their...
  • FREEDOM: Early Voting in Iraq Is Mostly Smooth

    01/28/2009 1:24:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 289+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | by Suadad al-Salhy
    BAGHDAD — Thousands of soldiers, police officers, hospital patients and prisoners cast ballots on Wednesday as part of early voting in Iraq’s provincial elections. Overall, however, the voting appeared to go smoothly, Iraqi election officials said. About 615,000 people, most of them employed by Iraq’s security forces, were eligible to vote Wednesday, three days before Saturday’s election. Government officials said the early balloting would help ensure that security forces would be on duty to protect polling stations on Saturday, when about 14 million more Iraqis are eligible to vote. More than 14,000 candidates are running for 440 seats on provincial...
  • Big turnout as Iraqis vote in first stage of election

    01/28/2009 11:28:12 AM PST · by LomanBill · 7 replies · 605+ views
    AFP ^ | 28 Jan 2009 | AFP
    BAGHDAD (AFP) — Several hundred thousand Iraqis voted on Wednesday in the first stage of a landmark provincial election, the country's first ballot since 2005...
  • Camp Ramadi given to Iraqis

    01/27/2009 9:14:22 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 318+ views
    stars and Stripes ^ | January 28, 2009 | n/a
    The U.S. military has officially signed over ownership of Camp Ramadi to the Iraqi government, though American troops are not scheduled to leave the base before 2012. According to the U.S. command in Baghdad, a memorandum of agreement has been drawn up and signed "outlining the areas that will continue to be used by Coalition forces." American and other troops have operated from Camp Ramadi since shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. For several years, Ramadi was among the deadliest battlegrounds for American troops and was the heartland of the Sunni insurgency. Rocket and mortar attacks on the...
  • U.S. Turns Over Green Zone Security Responsibility to Iraq

    01/02/2009 6:26:33 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 432+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 1, 2009 – The United States formally transferred the Republican Palace back to the Iraqi government today, a concrete symbol of the continuing improvement in the country. The transfer came about as the status of forces agreement between the United States and Iraq took effect. The agreement replaces the United Nations mandate under which the coalition went into Iraq and has conducted operations there since. Under the agreement, Iraqi forces are now in the lead with U.S. forces in a supporting role or in overwatch. Officials said that American troops are still on duty at some of the...
  • Iraqi troops take control of Green Zone

    01/01/2009 8:34:53 AM PST · by flyfree · 13 replies · 940+ views
    Reporting from Baghdad -- As Iraqi schoolchildren sang their country's praises and a band played, the United States formally handed over military control of the heavily fortified Green Zone to Iraqi troops today, a first major step in the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. For Iraqis, the Green Zone, a walled-off 4-square mile community in Baghdad's core, has come to symbolize the U.S. occupation of their country. Home to about 30,000 residents -- including 14,000 U.S. and coalition forces -- it also encompasses Saddam Hussein's opulent Republican Palace, which was captured by American troops in April 2003 and was,...
  • Sons of Iraq Complete First Phase of Iraqi Police Training

    11/10/2008 3:16:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Michael Indovina, USA
    More than 1000 Sons of Iraq completed their first phase of Iraqi Police Basic Recruit Training, Nov. 6, 2008, at the al Furat Iraqi Police Training. Photo by Lt. Col. Michael Indovina, 18th Military Police Brigade. BAGHDAD — More than 1,000 former Sons of Iraq (SoI) recently completed their first phase of training at the al Furat Iraqi Police (IP) Training Center here. To kick off the program, 608 SoI registered for the training Oct. 31. Now with the first phase of training completed, 1,031 SoI are integrated into the IP training program. The second phase of training began Nov....
  • Victory In Anbar

    09/03/2008 4:56:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 235+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 3, 2008
    Iraq War: We interrupt coverage of Bristol Palin's pregnancy to announce that the U.S. has turned over control of Iraq's wild, wild west to Baghdad. Memo to Barack Obama: Soon you will have nothing left to surrender.On Monday, while Democrats waited to see if Hurricane Gustav would be another Katrina and the GOP juggled its convention schedule, U.S. commanders formally returned responsibility for security in Iraq's Anbar province to the Iraqi Army and police. Maybe you missed it. The New York Times Web page had three stories on Bristol Palin. The Washington Post's online magazine, Slate, is running a "Name...
  • U.S. Hands Off Pacified Anbar, Once Heart of Iraq Insurgency

    09/02/2008 8:03:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 253+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 2, 2008 | DEXTER FILKINS
    RAMADI, Iraq — Two years ago, Anbar Province was the most lethal place for the Americans in Iraq, with a marine or a soldier dying here nearly every day. The provincial capital, Ramadi, was a moonscape of rubble and ruins. Islamic extremists controlled large pieces of territory, with some so ferocious in their personal views that they did not even allow the sale of bread. On Monday, following a parade on a freshly paved street, American commanders formally returned responsibility for keeping order in Anbar Province, once the heartland of the Sunni insurgency, to the Iraqi Army and police force....
  • U.S. hands back a quieter Anbar Province

    09/02/2008 6:13:26 AM PDT · by Freeport · 2 replies · 148+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | September 1, 2008 | Dexter Filkins
    RAMADI, Iraq: Two years ago, Anbar Province was the most lethal place for American forces in Iraq. A U.S. marine or soldier died in the province nearly every day, and the provincial capital, Ramadi, was a moonscape of rubble and ruins. Islamic extremists controlled large pieces of territory, with some so ferocious in their views that they did not even allow the baking of bread. On Monday, U.S. commanders formally returned responsibility for keeping order in Anbar Province, once the heartland of the Sunni insurgency, to the Iraqi Army and police. The ceremony, including a parade on a freshly paved...
  • As Anbar Returns to Iraqi Control, Will MSM Cite Surge Cynics?

    09/01/2008 12:51:31 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies · 304+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Given Hurricane Gustav, the GOP convention—and the MSM's inherent inclination to underreport good news from Iraq—a major story is not getting the attention it deserves. Here's how President Bush described the development [the photo shows U.S. Marine Maj. Gen John Kelly and Anbar Governor Maamoun Sami Rashid signing the handover papers. (AP Photo/Wathiq Khuzaie, Pool)]: "Today in Iraq, responsibility for security in Anbar Province was transferred to Iraqi civilian authorities. Iraqi forces will now take the lead in security operations in Anbar, with American troops moving into an overwatch role. Not long ago, Anbar was one of the most dangerous...
  • Statement by the President - Iraq - Anbar

    09/01/2008 9:56:20 AM PDT · by flyfree · 5 replies · 185+ views
    WASHINGTON, September 1 /Standard Newswire/ -- Today in Iraq, responsibility for security in Anbar Province was transferred to Iraqi civilian authorities. Iraqi forces will now take the lead in security operations in Anbar, with American troops moving into an overwatch role. Not long ago, Anbar was one of the most dangerous provinces in Iraq. Al Qaeda was in control of almost every major population center, and its leaders intended to turn Anbar province into a safe haven from which to plan and launch further attacks against Iraqis and others in the region, as well as here at home. Today, Anbar...
  • US Military Hands Control of Anbar to Iraqi Forces

    09/01/2008 6:42:27 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 35 replies · 283+ views
    VOICE OF AMERICA ^ | 01 September 2008 | VOA News
    The U.S. military Monday handed control of Iraq's Anbar province to Iraqi security forces. U.S. forces will withdraw to bases and rejoin Iraqi operations in Anbar only at the request of the provincial governor. Anbar is a Sunni-dominated province whose inhabitants turned against U.S. forces soon after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Anbar towns, such as Fallujah and Ramadi became insurgent strongholds, where militants waged fierce battles against U.S. troops. Violence in Anbar began to subside in 2006 when Sunni tribes became weary of al-Qaida's brutality against the local population. The tribes formed councils and joined U.S.-led forces...
  • Iraqi Army, Police Conduct First All-ISF Search Mission

    06/19/2008 4:47:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies · 340+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Matt Meadows, USA
    An Iraqi national policeman assigned to 8th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, uses his rifle to search debris for weapons and explosive materials during a cordon and search operation in the Beladiyat area of eastern Baghdad, June 10. Along with Iraqi army soldiers, national police detained 23 suspects and confiscated illegal weapons, including 62 AK-47 rifles, six Simonov rifles, four pistols and two artillery shells prepared as improvised explosive devices in Muhalla 740. Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Meadows. FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY — For Iraqi national police officers and Iraqi army soldiers, conducting cordon and search missions is nothing...
  • Iraqi Army Recruiting in Basra

    06/01/2008 12:07:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 128+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class C. J. Sheely, USA
    Iraqis gathered in the Hayyaniyah district of Basra, Iraq to answer a recruiting call by the Iraqi army May 29. More than 3,000 Iraqi men from the area turned out for the event though the Iraqi army only had 1,000 positions available. BASRA — Soldiers with the 1st Iraqi Army looked to increase their numbers and support in Basra, Iraq May 29. Operation Charge of the Knights has been successful in rooting out criminal elements and restoring the rule of law to the city as well as increasing local support for the government of Iraq. The increased support for the...
  • Iraq’s Financial Free Ride May End

    04/14/2008 1:50:22 PM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 11 replies · 139+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | April 14, 2008 | Anne Flaherty
    Iraq's financial free ride may be over. After five years, Republicans and Democrats seem to have found common ground on at least one aspect of the war. From the fiercest war foes to the most steadfast Bush supporters, they are looking at Iraq's surging oil income and saying Baghdad should start picking up the tab, particularly for rebuilding hospitals, roads, power lines and the rest of the shattered country. "I think the American people are growing weary not only of the war, but they are looking at why Baghdad can't pay more of these costs. And the answer is they...
  • Iraqi Police Continue to Make Progress, General Says

    04/03/2008 5:10:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 83+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 3, 2008 – Building an Iraqi police force is an enormous challenge, but the coalition-and-Iraqi team working to do so is making progress, a senior U.S. Army officer working with Iraq’s Interior Ministry said today. Maj. Gen. Michael D. Jones, director general for interior affairs in Baghdad, said in an interview today that the Iraqi-led, Iraqi-planned operations in Basra pointed to both the successes and the setbacks in training the police. The sheer size of the training challenge is daunting, he said. The Iraqi police forces have grown 400 percent since 2003. If the U.S. Army had undergone...
  • General: Anbar ready for handover

    01/10/2008 11:42:07 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 44 replies · 106+ views
    AP ^ | 10 Jan 08 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON - Iraq's western province of Anbar, origin of the Sunni Arab insurgency that arose in the early months of U.S. occupation, will be returned to Iraqi control in March, a senior U.S. general said Thursday. Thus far, nine of 18 Iraqi provinces have reverted to Iraqi control, most recently the southern province of Basra in December. The process has gone substantially slower than the Bush administration once hoped, mainly because of obstacles to developing sufficient Iraqi police and army forces. Marine Maj. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin, commander of the roughly 35,000 Marine and Army forces in Anbar, said levels...
  • A surge of their own: Iraqis take back the streets

    12/20/2007 6:05:24 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 17 replies · 192+ views
    A surge of their own: Iraqis take back the streets - Under the embers of the wintry evening sun the Tigris river, usually as brown as old boots, had turned almost blood red. Its waters were calm but its oily sheen was disturbed by the oars of a rower as he sculled his way through the city's fractured heart.
  • British PM Says Basra to Soon Come Under Iraqi Control

    12/10/2007 4:38:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 88+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2007 – Basra, the second-largest city in Iraq, will be turned over to Iraqi provincial control in the next two weeks, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced yesterday during a visit to Iraq. The city will be the largest population turned over to the Iraqis and will complete the turnover to the Iraqis of the southern provinces of the country. Brown told British soldiers gathered at Basra International Airport that he had spoken with Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki by phone. “He asked me to pass on his thanks to you for what you have done to...
  • Iraq to be given control of Basra

    12/09/2007 2:24:15 PM PST · by Rikstir · 21 replies · 120+ views
    bbc news ^ | 9th Dec 07 | bbc news
    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced that the Iraqi province of Basra is to be handed over to Iraqi control within two weeks. Mr Brown flew into Basra city on Sunday for a surprise visit to British troops. He broke the news as he addressed servicemen and women at Basra air station, after holding telephone talks with Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki. The remaining 4,500 British troops in Iraq will now focus their efforts on training local Iraqi forces. UK troop numbers are set to be reduced to 2,500 from the spring. Mr Brown told the troops: "I have just talked...
  • Iraqi Government Assumes Control of Country’s 7th Division

    11/02/2007 6:40:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 214+ views
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Nov. 2, 2007 – The Iraqi government has assumed command of a major unit from the country’s army, a sign of continued improvement in Iraq’s armed forces, U.S. officials said. Marine Maj. Gen. W.E. Gaskin, commander of Multinational Force West, relinquished operational control of the 7th Iraqi Army Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Murthi Mishin Rafa Farahan, to Iraqi Ground Forces Command in a ceremony at the division's headquarters at Camp Blue Diamond, in Ramadi, yesterday. The 7th Iraqi Army Division is responsible for security along the western Euphrates River Valley, with three brigades operating across the...
  • Iraqis To Take Control Of Basra Province

    10/30/2007 1:54:37 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 86+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-30-2007 | Damien McElroy
    Iraqis to take control of Basra province Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 8:39pm GMT 30/10/2007 British forces are to transfer responsibility for security in Basra province to Iraq’s government in December, it has been announced. UK troops withdrew from Basra city in September Des Browne, the Defence Secretary, and David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said that after a formal handover ceremony British troops would be "in overwatch" in the region while the Iraqi police and army take on greater responsibility for security on the ground. Mr Browne is expected to agree a date in mid-December for the handover...
  • Historic Transfer of Military Authority to Take Place in Iraq

    09/06/2006 6:01:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 486+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- For the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the Iraqi prime minister, through the Iraqi minister of defense, will take operational control of the Iraqi ground forces command structure and the country’s air forces and navy tomorrow, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said today. “This is such a huge, significant event that's about to occur tomorrow,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman. “It's the one event that puts the prime minister directly in the operational control of his military forces as his role as the...
  • Iraq to take control of armed forces command in ’gigantic’ step, U.S. military says

    09/06/2006 3:56:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 88 replies · 2,543+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | September 6, 2006 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq will take control of its armed forces command on Thursday, a major step on its painful path toward independence and an essential move before international troops can eventually withdraw.Despite the progress, there was more bloodshed with at least 36 people killed across the country in car bombs, mortar attacks and drive-by shootings. Police also found 29 bodies. “This is such a huge, significant event that’s about to occur tomorrow,” U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said of the shift in the Iraqi command. “If you go back and you map out significant events that have...
  • Iraq to take control of armed forces

    09/06/2006 3:51:36 PM PDT · by Democracy In Iraq · 9 replies · 416+ views
    Iraq to take control of armed forces By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press Writer 31 minutes ago BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq will take control of its armed forces command on Thursday, a major step on its painful path toward independence and an essential move before international troops can eventually withdraw. Despite the progress, there was more bloodshed with at least 36 people killed across the country in car bombs, mortar attacks and drive-by shootings. Police also found 29 bodies. "This is such a huge, significant event that's about to occur tomorrow," U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said of the...
  • U.S., Iraq near handover

    09/04/2006 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Democracy In Iraq · 11 replies · 666+ views
    U.S., Iraq near handover By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States and Iraq hope to sign an agreement by next week to hand operational command of Iraq's new army to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq said on Monday, after wrangles on wording had held up the accord. A day after the government hailed the arrest of al Qaeda in Iraq's purported deputy head as a coup against insurgents, the bodies of 33 men, some with their hands bound and bearing signs of torture, were found in Baghdad, and foreign forces announced the death of four Americans and two...
  • Iraqi Command Assumes Control of 8th Iraqi Army Division

    09/01/2006 9:43:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 365+ views
    BAGHDAD, Sep. 1, 2006 – The Iraqi Ground Forces Command assumed command and control here today of one of its Iraqi army divisions from the Multinational Corps Iraq, marking what officials here said is the first step toward Iraqi sovereignty over the country’s armed forces. The 8th Iraqi Army Division, commanded by Maj. Gen Othman Ali Salih Farhood, which had been a subordinate unit of Multinational Division Baghdad, will now report directly to the IGFC as an adjacent unit to MND-B. When the division took the lead for operations in its sector on Jan. 27, it was the first to...
  • Iraq to take control of new province

    08/31/2006 8:16:17 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 4 replies · 333+ views
    scotsman ^ | September 01 2006
    Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, Nouri al-Maliki said Iraqi forces will assume responsibility for Dhi Qar province in the south, making it the second out of 18 provinces that the Iraqis would take control of. The Iraqis took over Muthanna province in the south from British forces in July.
  • Iraqi Reconstruction(Just a few stories the old media missed)

    08/30/2006 5:35:34 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 486+ views
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | 8/30/06 | Various
     REBUILDING IRAQ Project Creates Water Wells Hibhib Water Treatment Plant Opens New Fire Department Opens in Husseniya Balad Air Base Paves Way to the Future Renovated Yusufiyah Playground Reopens Civil Affairs Soldiers Help Baghdad Citizens Police Reopen Northeast Station in Mosul Work Continues to Restore Iraqi Marshlands Soldiers Stockpile Medical Logistics Skills  IRAQIS TAKE THE LEAD Iraqis Take Lead in Northern Baghdad Region Iraqi Training Proceeds in Anbar Province Iraqi Soldiers Deliver Donated School Supplies Iraqis Assume Lutufiyah Area Responsibility Iraqis Takes Over Territory at Camp Habbinyah Troops’ Mortar Know-How to Improve Security May 2006  REBUILDING IRAQ Aerial Spraying...
  • Iraq to take control of its troops

    08/28/2006 3:10:03 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies · 764+ views
    MNF-Iraq ^ | Monday, 28 August 2006 | Staff Sgt. James Sherrill 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
    BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government will officially take control of its major air, sea and land-based military commands beginning early next month, a move the Coalition sees as a major step toward putting Iraqis in charge of securing the country, a senior Coalition spokesman here said Monday. After more than three years of training and helping shape the Iraqi military, the Coalition said in a statement last week that the government of Iraq has “created the conditions” for the Iraqi military to begin reporting to its government for orders - not the Coalition command. “There will be no Coalition forces...
  • Iraqi National Police unveil “Quick Look”

    08/27/2006 12:37:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 378+ views
    BAGHDAD -- As the country of Iraq moves from a heavy reliance on military security towards self-reliance and an everyday presence of civil security, the National Police will provide a paramilitary presence skilled in bridging the gap between the military and police services. A new plan by Iraq’s Ministry of Interior is designed to facilitate the transition. The use of paramilitary forces is common to many countries. Known in France as Gendarmerie and in Italy as Caribinieri, these forces have been widely used in peacekeeping operations throughout the world. These types of forces were used in Haiti during the rebellion...